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Points after: Browns 37, Bills 24

By Tim Graham

CLEVELAND -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Cleveland Browns in FirstEnergy Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills are 2-3 and have a few extra days to think about this one. The Bills jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and led 24-17 midway into the third quarter but couldn't hold on. Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was knocked out of the game with a right knee injury, while top receiver Stevie Johnson was sidelined with a back injury.

Player of the game: Browns receiver Josh Gordon caught four passes for 86 yards. His 37-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter tied the game at 24 and provided a significant momentum shift.

Bills player of the game: Running back Fred Jackson ran 17 times for 53 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 40 yards.

Play of the game: Late in the second quarter, Cleveland punt returner Travis Benjamin fielded a punt near the left sideline, sliced across to the opposite sideline, spun out of couple tackles and ran 79 yards for a scintillating touchdown to give Cleveland a 17-10 lead.

Stat line of the game: Fourteen days after being signed off the street, Browns running back Willis McGahee ran 26 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Tuel time: In reief of an injured Manuel, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel made his NFL debut. He completed eight of his 20 passes for 80 yards and an interception.

Preliminary injury report: Johnson came off the field with 3:32 left in the first quarter and writhed in pain on the bench with a lower-back injury. Johnson returned for one play late in the second quarter before heading back to the locker room. ... Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel injured his right knee after scrambling for a first down with 8:16 left in the third quarter. Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson hit Manuel in the legs to knock him out of bounds. ... An apparent head/neck injury sent Bills receiver T.J. Graham off the field with 11:31 left in the game. He returned late in the fourth quarter.

Coming up: The Bills have three extra days to get rested and ready for the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 13 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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